Muscat / Moscato

White Wine of Many Names

This common white variety is known by many names, from Muscadel to Muscat to Moscato to Moscatel. Two of the official names for the grapes include Muscat Blanc and Muscat Canelli. Its flavor is, of course, musky!
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Most people know of Muscat because it is the base white wine in Asti Spumanti, the sweet bubbly sparkling wine from Italy. While most people turn muscat into sweet dessert wines, you can actually get a dryer version if you look hard enough.

The most confusing part of Muscat is the number of names it has. For example I just had a white wine from Portugal that was labeled in large labels as a "Muscat". On the back it indicated it was made from moscatel graudo grapes. But there is also Muscat Ottonel which makes dessert wines in Austria, Orange Muscat which makes dessert wines in California, and many other related varieties. The all tend to be called simply "Muscat". One name - a fairly wide range of flavors.

Even more confusing, you need to note that Muscadel is quite separate from Muscadet wine.

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